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Camper Blog: My AstroCamp Experience

AstroCampers Everlyn C. and Briana W. describes their inaugural experience at Camp Eberhart's extended astronomy program.
For 2016 AstroCamp, some campers briefly (remember, it's camp--not school) shared in writing their thoughts.  Evelyn C. writes: My AstroCamp Experience AstroCamp was very… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/camper-blog-my-astrocamp-experience/

Camper Blog: Observing Run Plan

AstroCamper William A. plans an observing run to get the most out of a clear night.
For 2016 AstroCamp, experienced AstroCampers each took on a challenge to research an astronomy topic and present it to the rest of the group.  William A. created an order in which… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/camper-blog-observing-run-plan/

Don't Disturb the Solargraphs

AstroCamper Jacob P. made and mounted pinhole cameras to capture the path of the sun. If you see a "solargraph" can, please do not disturb it.
"What are you doing, Alex?"  The Camp Eb counselor was on a ladder securing an aluminum can above the hammocks, and every passerby exhibited curiosity.  That same… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/solargraphs-camp-eb/

Camper Blog: The King's Secrets

AstroCamper Carter C. describes the role of the spacecraft Juno as it arrives at Jupiter during AstroCamp week.
For 2016 AstroCamp, experienced AstroCampers each took on a challenge to research an astronomy topic and present it to the rest of the group.  Carter C. writes about the… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/camper-blog-kings-secrets/

Images from 2016 AstroCamp

Images from 2016 AstroCamp hint at the action and relaxed moments alike.
Images from 2016 AstroCamp are now public at https://flic.kr/s/aHskDP4S93.  Images from previous years are also available from the Images page.     http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/images-2016-astrocamp/

Mirror Magic at AstroCamp

A unique trick upgrades a flat image projected onto a surface into a seemingly 3D depiction of the subject. Very cool demo.
The heart of a reflector telescope is its mirror.  Kids are often taken aback when looking at land objects because they appear upside down.  Of course, celestial objects with the… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/mirror-magic-astrocamp/

Imaging the Planets

AstroCampers are taking stunning digital images of the planets to complement and enhance the naked eye view.
The summer of 2016 is a special time for viewing planets, for the three most telescopically interesting planets--Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn--are bright and prominent.  Jupiter is… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/imaging-planets/

Quantifying Darkness Overhead

AstroCampers continue to monitor the night sky with light meters to measure how dark the site gets.
AstroCampers have been monitoring the quality of the night sky since 2006.  In 2016 the practice continued.   On Sunday night, July 3, under clear skies, counselor Chuck Bueter… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/quantifying-darkness-overhead/

Get Ready for 2017 Solar Eclipse

AstroCampers observed the sun through multiple techniques in anticipation of the 2017 solar eclipse. Clear skies at night yielded deep space wonders.
With clearing skies, AstroCampers targeted the sun by day in anticipation of the 2017 solar eclipse. While a partial solar eclipse will be visible August 21, 2017, across all… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/get-ready-2017-solar-eclipse/

2016 AstroCamp Underway

The 2016 iteration of AstroCamp is underway and the fireworks are blazing for the Fourth of July.
The 2016 iteration of AstroCamp is underway and the fireworks are blazing during the Fourth of July week. Opening night consisted of impressive fireworks launched from the beach… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/2016-astrocamp-underway/

New Big Scope

AstroCamp gains a new 18-inch reflector telescope.
AstroCamp has added a very big telescope to its array of equipment used by youths to observe deep space objects.  The Obsession reflector, with an impressive 18-inch primary mirror… http://astrocamp.us/~astrocam/index.php/blog/new-big-scope/